Here is how our ancestors took care of some common problems they faced. Some are helpful today.
Weighing cheese, Arthur Rothstein 1937 (Library of Congress)
- To keep cheese, wring a cloth out of vinegar water and wrap cheese in it. Wrap in waxed paper and store in the refrigerator.
- Nut meats will come out in halves, if soaked overnight in water before cracking.
- It’s east to remember anniversaries and special days with a greeting if you select all your cards at one time. Address the envelopes and index them according to the date they should be mailed.
- Sprinkle talcum powder into new shoes. They will seem much more comfortable when first worn.
- Frozen water pipes can be thawed with salt if in a vertical position and open at the upper end. Put in plenty and give it time.
- Cotton fabrics may be kept from running by adding a little black pepper in the suds before washing.
- A bottle of pennyroyal left uncorked in your bedroom at night will keep the room free of mosquitoes.
- Chewing gum may be removed from clothing by rubbing with the white of an egg.
- Perspiration stains may be removed by dampening the stain with water and sprinkling with a little borax upon it. Roll up lightly for fifteen minutes, then rinse in cool water.
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) A novel inspired by the experiences of the Cottingham family who immigrated from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Bibb County, Alabama in colonial days.
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